Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Preparing and storing patch revisions as git tags using git-publish

This weekend I got down to solving a workflow problem that has been bugging me for some time: preparing and storing patch revisions. Manually managing patch revisions is painful; I often find myself switching between git and my inbox several times to put together a consistent patch series.

git-publish is a script that numbers patch revisions, optionally stores a cover letter, and submits the patches via git-send-email(1). When your tree is in a state that you wish to publish you say:

$ git publish --to=qemu-devel@nongnu.org

It creates a git tag that you can refer back to in the future and send out the patch series emails.

No more numbering revisions, copy & pasting cover letters, or running several steps to format and send patch series.

Give it a try if you are tired of manually managing patch revisions with git. git-publish is released under the MIT License at http://github.com/stefanha/git-publish. I have provided documentation but you can set it up in just two lines:

$ git clone git://github.com/stefanha/git-publish.git
$ git-publish/git-publish --setup # make available via git alias

Be sure to check out the README - it explains how to install and run it in more detail.

Happy git-publishing!

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